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blue state. there's no such thing as a safe slam dunk election. >> reporter: president obama isn't on the sidelines. next week alone he'll campaign in four states. in another even more popular white house resident is also on the campaign trail. in the coming weeks, first lady michelle obama will hit at least five states. john hendren, abc news, the white house. the fbi says the car used in dramatic south florida bank robbery has now been found. investigators will begin going over the car today. strapped what they said was a bomb to a bank teller's chest. then they made him withdraw a large sum of money. abc news has learned the bomb turned out to be a fake. a vacation ended in tragedy for a busload of tourists from at least 12 people were killed when their bus apparently crashed into a bridge support on a joer man highway near berlin. dozens of people were also hurt. police say the bus was forced off the highway by a car which was trying to merge. the group was returning home after a trip to spain. south korean automaker hyundai is recall something
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popular new cars. steering wheel defects in its sonata sedans forced the recall. they love 2011 models built before september 10th. no crashes or injuries have been reported. owners should take their cars to the dealer for inspection or repairs. it was not the usual sunday sermon at one of the nation's largest churches. bishop eddie long took to the pulpit to defend himself against a sex scandal. he promised to fight the allegations but declined to talk about the specifics of the lawsuits now filed against him. largest african-american 25,0 25,000-member congregation over
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that's not me. grand says he was 17 when the preacher first made advances. intimate sexual contact and that they slept in the same bed. >> reporter: lars for the young >> reporter: for now, some members of the congregation are supportive. everybody know that, hey, this is not true. >> 25,000 members that are ministers have come together over the weekend, saying they
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are praying for bishop long to get through this. t.j. winick, abc news. buckle up, it's the law. your produce. they had to be strapped into the safe travel. mammoth-sized melons. last year he grew a 119-pounder. now he says he's saving the seeds to keep the good genetics going. those are big melons. >> we were waiting for that. >> good work for him. >> good genetics. we'll be right back with more
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>> reporter: this is cody brown and his wife mary. they have a teenage daughter. >> how was your day? >> reporter: this is cody's second wife, janelle. they have six kids. >> you know, if. family came together, she's number two. >> reporter: this is his third wife, christine. they have six more. >> he's lost every morning. >> reporter: the browns are polygamists. >> i just fell in love. then i fell in love again. then i fell in love again. >> reporter: they're the stars of a new show on tlc called "sister wives" which follows this family from utah as they expand from three wives to four. >> my wives and i have been together for 16 years. and all the children have grown up in this environment. bringing somebody new into the family is a totally new thing, totally changing the dynamic. does everybody remember robin? >> yes. >> do you guys like robin? >> yeah. >> robin likes us. i came into it because my faith,
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my belief, kind of pushed me that direction. but in retrospect i would go all the way back saying i'd do it for love. because this is something that's come together out of love. >> aww! aw, shucks. >> so sweet. >> reporter: mary, janelle, and christine all live in one big house with their kids. robin, the newest wife, lives in a smaller house nearby. in all, there are 16 kids. >> she's a sister from the same mister, and he's a brother from another mother. >> somebody referred to us as polyg-litz. . >> that's how most of us are mown is pligs, polygamists. >> reporter: whether you think the browns' lifestyle is right or wrong, it is undeniably challenging. there's the challenge of supporting a huge family on just three incomes. cody and two of the wives work. and then there are the interpersonal logistics.
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cody sleeps in a different wife's bed every night. you must at times feel torn in four different directions. >> once in a while i give a piece of my mind where i'm just like, you have to back off and give me a break. >> i'm not a commodity. >> he says that? >> i have said that. >> it really doesn't happen very often, i have to say. >> he's so patient. >> he's very unselfish. he has to be. i don't remember the last time he sat and watched television. he always has -- he's always attending to the kids or the wives. >> he's running everywhere, he's omni present. >> reporter: this is the image many americans have of polygamy. secretive societies, women wearing prairie dresses, young girls allegedly abused and church leaders standing trial. is it your hope that by exposing your lives, that you'll counter some of the negative publicity that's been out there? >> absolutely. that's exactly what we're -- that's one of the biggest things is that we have so many stereotypes, we have so much bad
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media about this lifestyle. there's not abuse in our home. there's not oppressed women in our home. we don't have underaged brides. we don't have all these other things that are very wrong. and our children are happy. >> do you think your arrangement is a good one for raising children? >> very good one. >> absolutely. >> for this family it is. >> yeah. >> we feel like our children are very well balanced. they're proud of their big family. and they love telling their friends about it. and i think that they're turning out very well balanced. >> they'll be very decent citizens. >> do you want your children to live the same lifestyle that you live? >> we want our children to be happy. and whatever it that is they choose to make them happy, that's what we want for them. if they choose this lifestyle, that's awesome and that's great. if they don't choose it, that's great too. >> logan, will you pray, please? >> reporter: one big family with a lifestyle way out of the mainstream, making the case that america doesn't have to emulate
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>> it's pretty good. of course, "sesame street" in the spotlight this week with katy perry's performance on "sesame street" banned on the on-air version because of some risque clothing katy perry was wearing. katy perry back on "saturday night live" this past weekend, she actually addressed the whole "sesame street" debacle, if you will. she poked fun at her wardrobe. well, just watch, see what happened. >> find me a shirt! >> looks like today's show is brought to you by the number 38 and the letter dd. >> well, i guess i -- i developed over the summer. >> you guess? >> she addressed her lack of dress, basically. >> elmo there and the whole skit. they were going to do on "sesame street" was with elmo. so you could see that she was
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having fun at her own expense. >> yeah. well, if you've been following the situation with david beckham, it has really gotten bad to worse. i mean, it's the least you can say. a second woman is now coming forward and she is saying that she had sexual relations with the soccer superstar in 2007. she's a prostitute. she's telling "in touch" magazine she took part in a threesome with beckham and a former prostitute. she's 26 years old, she says she was paid $10,000. that's on the heels of another woman. the beckhams have been -- they're saying we're going to file a lawsuit. he is obviously very irate. take a look at what happened right after he left after losing a game with the galaxy. >> stop with the prostitutes! >> it's kind of hard to make out what he was saying. basically, someone asks him something along the lines of, do
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watch today on abc news. two days of public hearings looking into the oil spill disaster in the gulf begin today in washington, d.c. chief investigators are expected to answer questions about the environmental disaster. >>. >> the first escape capsule to be used to rescue those trapped chilean miners has arrived. the miners' family members obviously applauded when it was delivered. two more devices which will rescue each trapped miner one by one are expected soon. bob woodward's new book "obama wars" goes on sale at bookstores nationwide today. diane sawyer interviews the author tonight on abc's "world news." finally this half hour, stomping out some smelly bugs. those bedbugs were not enough. now there seems to be a national stink bug epidemic. >> 29 states in all have reported invasions of the bugs. as tahman bradley reports, they don't bite, but they sure do smell. >> reporter: in this year of widespread pest pandemonium -- >> bedbugs.
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>> bedbugs. >> bedbugs are back. >> reporter: you've probably had your eyes fixed on your bed. now it seems you may need to turn your nose towards your air vent. >> something hits me in the back of my neck. i'm just, you know, waving it off. >> reporter: forget bedbugs. in maryland and across the northeast, it's man versus stink bugs. an all-out war. >> they're terrible. they're everywhere. we can't get rid of them. >> reporter: they're brown, foul-smelling creatures popping up in vents, on walls, even in beards. emitting a foul odor when irritated or squashed. and man, it seems, is down right helpless. the good news is they don't sting, they don't bite, and they're pretty easy to catch. parker brewer, a resident of silver spring, maryland, must collect the bugs every day. the deck of his house is under siege. >> i've tried to attack them as best as i can but i'm losing the battle. >> reporter: as fall brings cooler temperatures, the bugs
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have left their orchards and corn fields for our homes. making an already rotten year for bugs, well, really stink. >> we used to use heavy-duty residual pesticides. we don't use as many of those as we once did did. this is allowing bugs that used to be suppressed to increase in numbers. >> reporter: his expert opinion how to get rid of the bugs? >> it's a relative thing. a lot of people say they smell like cilantro. maybe these guys with a little salsa isn't a ba idea. >> reporter: a good suggestion. they are harmless that's pretty bad. tahman bradley, abc news, silver spring, maryland. >> i smell something. oh my gosh! >> i hate the graphics. so unpleasant. >> they're here! >> the worst part about these bugs, they say don't try vacuuming them
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the mega church pastor accused in a sex scandal. >> i've been accused. i'm under attack. >> what the faithful thought of his promise in church. then, key issue. how a jewish settlement building in the west bank this morning could derail mideast peace talks. and, facebook film. insight on the social network from its famous moviemaker. it's monday, september 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning and thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for rob nelson. the pastor of an atlanta mega church says he'll fight accusations he lured young men into sex. >> it is bishop eddie long's first public comments since four lawsuits were filed against him last week. >> reporter: outside new birth missionary baptist church -- >> he's an innocent man. give him the benefit of the
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doubt. >> reporter: when bishop eddie long finally appeared, he seemed more like a rock star than a pastor accused of pushing sex on to teenage boys. >> i've been accused. i'm under attack. i want you to know, as i said earlier, i am not a perfect man. but this thing, i'm going to fight. >> reporter: under the advice of his lars, he said very little. even at the news conference he held after his first service where he took no questions. for some, this was enough. >> i want the world to know i will support bishop eddie long to the day i die and go to heaven. >> reporter: there's the matter of these pictures. attorneys say long sent them to one of the teenage boys. there were mothers and fathers in church who could not turn a blind eye. >> he didn't just come out and say, people, i didn't do it. >> you think he might be guilty?
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>> yes. >> reporter: according to long, homosexuality is a manifestation of the fallen man. his critics say that a life-long crusade against gays makes him the ultimate hypocrite. in black churches there's always been gay men and women sitting in the pews, even running church offices. but so much of the ministry is bent against them, many worship in silence. >> it pushes them into closeted, secret identities and exist tenses. >> reporter: bishop long said that's not him. >> i feel like david against goliath. but i got five rocks and i haven't thrown one yet. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. the hunt continues for three men who pulled off a dramatic bank robbery in south florida. investigators caught a break this weekend when the car used in the heist was found in coral gables. it all began last week when three thieves placed a bomb on the teller's chest and forced him to withdraw large amounts of money. sources tell abc news that bomb
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was a fake. pirates have made the waters off the horn of africa the most dangerous in the world and they have been at it again this morning. a greek-operated cargo ship has been hijacked off somalia just after it came through the gulf of aden. the ship should arrive near the coast of somalia later this morning. the new round of middle east peace talks has entered a crucial phase. the palestinians have threatened to walk out if more jewish settlements are built on the west bank. >> that new construction could begin as early as today. simon mcgreggor-wood is joining us from jerusalem with the latest. good morning, simon. >> reporter: good morning, mike and vinita. that's right, the deadline has come and gone. jewish settlers can technically start building in the west bank again from this morning. on land, don't forget, palestinians want for their new state. despite that, frantic efforts to prevent the palestinians from abandoning the fragile peace process are continuing.
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the palestinians say no building freeze, no talks. the israelis say that's an unacceptable precondition. u.s. pressure on prime minister netanyahu to extend the freeze had been intense. >> we believe that the moratorium should be extended. >> reporter: but so is the pressure on palestinian president abbas not to walk away. on saturday, he said is relevant had a choice between settlements and peace. but says he will now consult with arab leaders before anting the talks. in jewish settlements there was little sign of compromise. here a ceremony for a new kindergarten. but the obvious symbolism of this kind of event, there's a real determination here to start building again. and the settlers are capable of exerting real pressure on prime minister netanyahu. and in this settlement, hundreds of settlers doing just that. counting down to the release of 2,000 balloons. the number of new homes ready for construction. new buildings that could herald the end of this process. and according to the king of jordan, that would be a
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disaster. >> if we fail on the 30th, expect another war by the end of the year. >> expect another war by the end of the year? >> and more wars that i foresee in the region over coming years. >> reporter: despite the end of the freeze today, prime minister netanyahu's urging the settlers to show restraint. and palestinian president abbas is saying this morning that he will consult with his arab allies before deciding the fate of the peace process. mike, vinita? >> end of the freeze but i think the bottom line question, are we expecting to see much building in the settlements today? >> reporter: well, that's right, i think it's a question of the scale and the scope of the construction from today onwards. the settlers that we spoke to yesterday say they have 2,000 permits that will allow 2,000 homes ready to start today. they are being urged to show some restraint. i expect over the next few days dozens rather than hundreds of construction starts. it remains to be seen whether that is enough to satisfy the palestinians and keep them on board.
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>> our thanks to simon mcgreg mcgreggor-wood live this morning in jerusalem. thanks, simon. democrats are on the defensive before the midterm elections. one indication how bad things have gotten. a democratic congressman in north dakota is embracing president bush and his campaign ads. tahman bradley reports. >> reporter: president barack obama played basketball on sunday with his two daughters, sasha and malia. just about every other washington insider played politics instead. former president bill clinton barnstormed for two new england democratic candidates in an election that could hand republicans control of both the house and the senate. >> their argument is, we dug a $3 trillion hole in eight years, they didn't get us outside in 21 months, throw them out, put us back in. >> reporter: republicans hit the tv screens faulting the democrats for pushing not to extend all of the bush tax cuts beyond the november election. >> it will be the most irresponsible thing that i have seen since i've been in
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washington, d.c. -- >> reporter: democrats counter, they're ready to cut taxes. they say it's republicans who are holding up the legislation by insisting tax breaks for the nation's wealthiest americans continue. >> they're going to have to explain to their constituents why they're holding up tax cuts for the middle class. i think it's an untenable position to say, we're going to allow your taxes to go up on january 1st unless the president agrees to give tax cut ts millionaires and billionaires. >> reporter: extending tax cuts for those making over $250,000 would cost $700 billion over 10 years. one republican house member says he's found a way to pay for some of the cost. >> reducing discretionary spending back to those 2008 levels. that would be -- that would save $100 billion this year. >> reporter: voters head to the polls in a little over a month. but the battle over taxes is likely to last well past the midterm. tahman bradley, abc news, the white house. evacuees escaping wisconsin's floodwaters could be out of their homes for up to a week. a levee along the wisconsin
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river failed yesterday, cutting off access to a neighborhood. some homeowners there failed to follow a day-long evacuation order. many rivers in wisconsin and minnesota are expected to crest today so the flooding could actually get worse. now here is a look at your monday weather. more showers in the upper midwest and northern minnesota. up to 4 inches of rain, gusty winds and hail in the carolinas and georgia. heavy rain possible in tallahassee and from cincinnati and boston. wet in seattle. heat advisories and high fire danger in the southwest. >> phoenix hits 104. sacramento 97. and boise 90. 72 in omaha. 62 in chicago. and 64 in detroit. 80s from new orleans to miami. 77 in baltimore. 73 in new york. and 62 in boston. well, onlookers say it looked like one-stop shopping for a small army of moms to be. >> everything from nursing bras to baby clothes were up for grabs on the lawn of the so-called octomom. nadya suleman hosted a yard sale to save her children, or actually her southern california
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home, from foreclosure. she's in money trouble. eight companies soups went for $50, and a fridge she used for baby formula sold for $85. >> suleman posed for pictures for $10 a pop. to get the octuplets in the snapshot you had to shell out 100 bucks. they had to shut down the garage sale, the street was so packed. >> obviously she needs the money. >> sad turn of affairs. we'll be right back. [ woman ] nine iron, it's almost tee-time...
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18-year-old accidentally overdosed on painkillers. >> someone gave him additional pain medication from their own medicine cabinet that tragically ended my son's life. >> reporter: this weekend for the first time the dea made a push to empty out those medicine cabinets, setting up 4,000 drop-off points across the country. >> we'll take all the labels off the bottles -- >> reporter: no questions asked. tell me what you brought down to the station today. >> i think codeine. two things of codeine. >> reporter: laurie told us she had these bottles to are nearly 30 years. >> i didn't know what to do with it so i pushed them to the back of the cabinet. >> reporter: another benefit of safely getting rid of the old medication? it makes the water we use in our homes every day safer. but prescription drugs aren't just found in the medicine cabinet. public water supplies can contain trace amounts from everything from birth control to. if they're disposed of improperly. >> we don't know what these chemicals do to the body over a
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lifetime of exposure. >> reporter: that's why epa is working with states and companies, like united water new jersey, to learn more about the health effects. researchers want the pharmaceutical industry on board. in fact, at least one drug company still advises their customers on those bottle labels to flush leftover medication down the toilet. where water experts say it eventually winds up back in our drinking water. >> if there's not a take back program near you, the epa actually suggests that you take your leftover drugs, mix it with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or cat litter, put that in a disposable container, and put that in the trash. >> all right, coming up the new movie about the founder of facebook. >> how the filmmaker is telling the story from distinct points , there's a lot of people out there promising easy solutions to your debt. solutions that claim to reduce payments and get you back on your feet in no time at all. but many of these schemes are predatory. they can destroy your credit rating,
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he made a big donation. >> of course this week "the social network," the movie about him, has been released. >> you guys were the inventors of facebook. you invented facebook. >> reporter: in courtroom drama style, "the social network" tells the creation story of facebook from three distinct points of view. mark zuckerberg, the precocious hacker who launched the site from his harvard dorm room. eduardo sererin, mark's early partner. and the winkelvoss twins. >> i'm 6'5", 220, there's two of me. >> reporter: who also sued and settled for tens of millions but still claim publicly zuckerberg stole their idea. >> i've committed to starting the startup education foundation whose first project will be a $100 million challenge grant -- >> $100 million? >> reporter: facebook's baby-faced millionaire appeared
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on oprah. whether the timing is intentional or not, this zuckerberg -- >> every child deserves a good education. >> reporter: is a stark contrast to this one. >> are you okay? >> we're ranking girls. >> reporter: in the film he is an awkward machiavelli. it's a sort of morality play perfect for william shakespeare or aaron south korrkin. did you know immediately how you would approach the story? >> no. i knew immediately i wanted to do it. though i've never met him or spoken to him. i have a lot of affection and a lot of empathy for mark. i read a review from a blogger the other day saying, the movie made her want to egg mark zuckerberg's house and then help him clean it up. i think a lot of people are going to have that reaction. >> reporter: facebook told us, they do a wonderful job of telling a good story. of course, the reality probably wouldn't make for a fun or
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interesting movie. >> it's not written in pencil mark, it's written in ink -- >> reporter: truth or fiction, there is no debating this film is classic aaron sorkin. >> you want me on that wall. you need me on that wall. >> reporter: from the quotable monologue of "a few good men" -- >> you know it has a large population of hispanics? >> i want to say maine. >> reporter: to the crackling dialogue of "the west wing." verbal knife fights. sharp. quick. devastating. >> this is more important than re-election. i want to speak now. >> thanks very much. >> reporter: in 2000 "the west wing" broke the record for most emmy wins. and then sorkin earned a different kind of record. after his crack pipe set off airport security he was arrested for drug possession and ordered into rehab. he now says he's been clean for nearly a decade. >> there's no such thing as a day where i don't think about it. but it does get easier. >> how does it affect your work, being sober?
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>> it's not insane anymore where i'm turning a 385-page first draft. >> oh, now it makes sense. >> i will tell you that if drugs were the magic that was making me write well, i still wouldn't go back to them. i'd write greeting cards and try to make a living doing that. >> reporter: unlikely. since reviews for "the social network" make it one of the most-anticipated films of the year. with one notable exception. we are a few blocks away from facebook headquarters. do you want to say hi? >> i would love to go say hi but i'm sure they're very busy there. >> reporter: among friendly crowds it seems like this whole rift with zuckerberg could be healed with a friendly online poke. just one problem. your facebook page is really spare. >> that is a sad and lonely looking facebook page. but there's really nothing there except that i'm a male.
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>> reporter: he has stopped using the site. >> i think that social networking, socializing on the internet, is to socializing what reality tv is to reality. it's -- it feels like a way to reinvent yourself. which is something a lot of people want. when there's a wall post that said, had a girls' night tonight, split five desserts, better hit the gym tomorrow. that's somebody who's trying to be out in the field. >> reporter: bill weir from palo alto, california. >> we told you earlier mark zuckerberg was on "oprah" talking about the donation he just made to a new jersey school district. mark's whole contention is that this is a nice piece of fiction. he says that it has to be dramatic. >> we certainly watched a lot of this play out with settlements to former harvard classmates. looks like it will be a great movie.
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> that's right, folks. it is time for your "morning papers." whenever one of the anchors of this show takes off, facebook fans write in, where were they? >> yes. rob is not here, obviously i'm here. rob is not here. he's busy. >> he was busy, and the saints have only him to blame for their defeat last night. >> he replaced receiver lance moore. number 16, rob nelson, in the game. >> you're about to see some tears. as you know, rob a huge saints fan and they end the charmed run last night. >> they lost. >> we like to blame out rob. it was his fault. >> even though they missed a gimme field goal, rob's performance was subpar. you'll expect so see him back here tomorrow. i think the saints released him this morning. >> let's go straight to your "morning papers." this first one is really, really interesting. aparentally chinese language, mandarin, is on the menu for american school kids. the "wall street journal"
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basically says 2008, end of the school year, about 50 public and two dozen private schools in new york city had chinese classes. the basis behind all of this, they're basically replacing spanish with mandarin because they say the study of mandarin is really going to help kids as we continue to globalize in this marketplace. >> they say it's such a difficult language, the earlier you start the more important it becomes to really get that before you start to get older. it's so tough to learn foreign languages. >> they often say that new york, the rest of the nation is oftentimes five years behind a trend that you see in new york. it should be fascinating to see if this becomes one of the required languages to help us. >> right. it's a tough language too. it's not like spanish or some of these other romance languages. we'll see what happens. a texting ban. we all know texting and driving is so dangerous. a texting while driving ban going into effect in massachusetts. and the numbers are staggering. last year, 1.6 trillion text messages. 2.3 trillion minutes talking on
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cell phones and driving 3 trillion miles. the combination there makes it very dangerous. the new law actually will bring a $100 fine for a first offense. and it's even worse if you're under 18. the first offense also brings a 60-day license suspension. and even so, celebrities are getting in on this whole thing too. conan o'brien tweeted yesterday with a bunch of garbled consonants and vowels. you could sort of make out what he said. he said texting while driving looks dangerous. and it is, the numbers show it. celebrities are trying to say, cut it out. >> i guess parents are the key, something we've always known. >> listen to what they say. >> i'll show you this because it's really funny. apparently a football game ended in controversy when th
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new political fighting before midterm elections. the tactics before the november vote. then, water woes. unsafe conditions after floods in the upper midwest. the damage, evacuations and hassles. and, "insomniac theater." the long-awaited "wall street" sequel. >> she lying there in bed at night with you, might be nervous to sleep. >> a star-studded chick flick. it's monday, september 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> a familiar face here on "world news now." >> yes, i'm back in a different seat. i filled in for you a couple of weeks ago. >> i hope i can live up to the bromance you and rob had. >> we had a good connection. rob is taking some time off. >> do you want to tell them who you are? >> yeah, mike marusarz in, always a good way to start off the monday. >> i'm vinita nair.
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thanks for being with outside this monday. with midterm elections five weeks away, democrats are putting their heavy hitters on the campaign trail. >> former president clinton worked the crowds in new england. president obama and the first lady will be on the road this week. here's john hendren. >> reporter: president clinton is campaigning to protect an endangered spes seals -- incumbent democrats. >> nobody, but nobody in the house has done more to help build back the american dream than barney frank. you ought to be there for him on election day. >> reporter: clinton is campaigning deep on home turf in the once-solid blue states of connecticut and massachusetts. >> it means there is no such thing as a safe state for democrats this year. there is no such thing as a dark blue state. there's no such thing as a 7 slam-dunk election. >> reporter: even 30-year congressman barney frank. >> we can do better. >> reporter: who crushed his last opponent 2-1. but democrats are also on the offensive with a war room using
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republicans' personal histories from tax records to divorce filings in unusually early and harsh attack ads. >> hannah got rich while his construction company overcharged taxpayers thousands. >> he's a predatory real estate straighter, snatched up nearly 300 foreclosed homes. >> ganley's been sued over 400 times for fraud, discrimination and more. >> reporter: messages only likely to grow harsher as november nears. president obama isn't on the sidelines. next week alone he'll campaign in four states. and another even more popular white house resident is also on the campaign trail. in the coming weeks, first lady michelle obama will lit at least five states. john hendren, abc news, the white house. the white house is working to keep mideast peace talks alive now that a deadline on jewish settlements has expired. israeli settlers were planning to send bulldozers into action today. the palestinians had threatened to quit the peace talks if settlement construction started again. u.s. troops are on the move
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in afghanistan, fighting the taliban at one of the its traditional strongholds. at least 20 rebels have been killed in the operation so far. abc's miguel marquez is with an american unit in kandahar province where it is battling homemade bombs with a very powerful weapon. >> reporter: soldiers of the 101st airborne division continued their explosive march. deep in the river valley. with this mission, u.s. forces are moving into areas where they've never been before. and holding their ground. necessary if they're ever going to succeed here. >> in one of the homes we actually found some radios, binoculars, what they use to make the ieds with. >> reporter: the threat of homemade bombs is so intense, the military is clearing roads and suspected minefields with this. the assault reacher vehicle rockets a 2,000-pound rope of explosive explosives. it clears everything. on smaller trails, soldiers use a backpack version. it's called an anti-personnel
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obstacle breaching system. still, in this jungle-like terrain, soldiers have found dozens of bombs. here are some they found in the last 24 hours. first lieutenant evan peck found this bomb the hard way. he stepped on it. a broken wire prevented an explosion that would have killed him. >> i figure i got really lucky and didn't step on it square, i stepped on the corner of it. >> reporter: officials say the fight here is essential to stopping the taliban's influence. this river valley, an insurgent superhighway along which they move everything from weapons to fighters. this is the heaviest fighting we've seen in this river valley, and it's likely to go on for months. at the end of it, the hope, the afghan government will be able to stand up and take charge. miguel marquez, abc news, afghanistan. the hunt continues for three men who pulled off a dramatic bank robbery in south florida. investigators got a break this
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weekend when the car used in the heist was found in coble gables. it began last week when three thieves burst inn a bank teller's apartment at gun point. they placed a bomb on the teller's body and forced him to withdraw a large amount of money. sources tell abc news the bomb was a fake. federal authorities are looking into a landing gear problem that resulted in a very frightening flight. video taken saturday night by a passenger on a delta flight captured the moments before the plarn made an emergency landing. sparks were seen out the window when the flight from atlanta to white plains, new york, was diverted to jfk airport. the pilot was praised, as was the air traffic controller. >> you were lucky. the controller actually working that airplane last night is eight weeks away from retirement. and he's been working airplanes for 29 years. i mean, we couldn't have asked for a better person to be in that position. >> there's more of that interview this morning coming up on "good morning america." the passengers were taken to their final destination on a
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bus. some wisconsin residents who have been evacuated because of flooding may be out of their homes for up to a week. and at least one small community along the wisconsin river has been cut off because of a levee failure. long-time residents along the river have seen floods before but never luke the current one. linsey davis reports. >> reporter: in central wisconsin, rivers are still rising. and residents still reeling. >> this will be flooded like this for a mile in that direction. >> reporter: late saturday, tim kraus watched as the wisconsin river crested. >> look behind me, it is absolutely scary. the river can change in a heartbeat. >> reporter: about 200 miles west, the water in oowatona, minnesota, is going down. the damage is adding up. >> you're probably looking at $25,000, $30,000. >> reporter: this view of maple creek from his living room is the reason eric moved to maple drive. >> not so lovely right now. >> reporter: he never anticipated seeing the creek
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four feet high in his basement. >> this is the basement of my entire house, all that i have left to save. >> reporter: for doreen it's not the dollar value as the things she can't put a price on. >> they really are welt here. >> yeah, yeah. pictures like that, you can't get them back. >> reporter: mike isn't in a position to even start assessing the damage. he's still wringing out. you have about a foot down here now. what was it? >> it was up to here. >> reporter: he says everything in the basement, including all their bedroom furniture, is moving to the curb for trash pickup. they like most people on maple drive don't have flood insurance. linsey davis, oowatana, minnesota. >> such a mess to clean up. >> floods are terrible. here's a look at your monday forecast. showers from minnesota up to the canadian border. rain for most of the east coast. heaviest in the south with gunnedy winds, hail and flooding from the carolinas to atlanta. downpours also in ohio valley.
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light rain from seattle to taco tacoma. >> heating up in the southwest. 97 in sacramento. 104 in phoenix. 91 in colorado springs. mostly 60s from the twin cities to detroit. 62 in boston. 70s from new york to atlanta. well, it was quite a wild scene in london over the weekend. hundreds of people going bananas at the same time. >> that's right, about 700 runners dressed in gorilla suits hit the streets for the seventh annual gorilla run. the four-mile route, sporting tutus even, why not, right? and other paraphernalia. >> the charity event is aimed at drawing attention to the shrinking gorilla population. this year's run raised almost $250,000. they had 700 took place, and that's about the remaining population of gorillas. >> what they wanted to do is raise attention. this is the seventh time they done this all year. >> you and rob do one of those. we'll be right back with more "world news now." n honking.
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a san jose, california, cop is in hot water this morning after pretending to arrest his stepdaughter's boyfriend. and it was all caught on tape. >> yeah, the father was trying to scare the boy straight after learning the two teenagers were having sex. here's t.j. winick. >> reporter: in this cell phone video where faces have been blurred to protect the parties involved, we see a young man in handcuffs being lectured over and over again by a san jose police officer. >> the district attorney will probably file charges. >> reporter: for over five and a half minutes, the 15-year-old is dressed down for having section with a 14-year-old girl. not just any girl -- the policeman's stepdaughter. >> a cop's daughter is not someone you mess around with. >> reporter: the young man's father shot the video. at one point he seemingly joins in. >> use your head. think about what he's talking
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about. >> reporter: now the 15-year-old's family says the officer crossed the line, using his badge and handcuffs without their permission. >> they heard noise, they heard a thud. when they got in there they saw their son on the floor in handcuffs. >> reporter: one former cop calls it unprofessional. >> he used his profession to say, i'm a police officer, you don't do this to a police officer's daughter. as a parent, yeah, you know, he's acting as a parent. >> reporter: is family wants the officer brought up on charges and is considering a lawsuit. the officer's attorney says the tape shows a concerned father who is actually given permission by the boy's parents to use scare straight tactics. >> at no time do you hear the parents of the young man objecting, crying. >> reporter: "meet the parents," robert de niro plays a retired cia agent who hooks his future son-in-law up to a lie detector. >> have you ever watched pornographic videos? >> reporter: is this an instant
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of abuse of authority or just a concerned dad? regardless of his motives it now looks as if it's the police officer in trouble with the law. >> this is such a tough issue. you have parents trying to figure out what they would do. really at the crux of the matter is the investigators are trying to figure out, one, how the officer's personal feelings got involved. two, whether or not the officer should get involved in incidents in the nabtds that he lives in. two of those things they're looking at. >> i think you'd be hard-pressed amongst parents to say he acted totally professionally. the police chief says they are looking into all of this, trying to decide how the officers really interact with people. certainly we'll be hearing more about this case. harassment from debt collectors. >> how some bank customers fought back and won after some unbelievable phone calls. an abc investigation next.
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been known for their harsh tactics. in fact, they are the number one complaint received by the federal trade commission. >> abc news has learned how far some collectors will go. some say they even use racist language. brian ross investigates. >> received august 7th at 8:10 p.m. >> what's up [ bleep ]? tell me, how do you stop two [ bleep ] kids from jumping on top of your bed? >> reporter: after bank of america reported 26-year-old allen jones had an overdue credit card bill of $81, its debt collectors went on the attack with a series of obscene, racist messages left on his phone. >> hi, y'all, my name is jamal smith and i'm looking for some watermelons. i'm also interested in a couple of slaves. maybe you can go ahead and pick some of my cotton fields. go ahead and give me a call to lick my [ bleep ]. >> reporter: jones, a clothing
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salesman in dallas, says the debt collector's calls continue even after he told them his bank of america account was up to date. >> i checked with my bank, went online, please stop calling my phone. by that time the representative acted like we can call you as many times as we want. >> reporter: and the calls continued. each incredibly more obscene and disgusting than the one before it. 10:41 p.m. >> what's up, you [ bleep ], [ bleep ]? talking about going back to [ bleep ] mexico [ bleep ] mother [ bleep ] back to africa [ bleep ] or some [ bleep ] over there. >> reporter: jones' lars were able to track the calls to the debt collection company used by bank of america. advanced call center technologies. a.c.t. and one of its employees in harlyn jen, texas, carlos owe leave have a, who also worked as a supervisor there. >> what's up, [ bleep ]? >> mr. olivo, is that a voice
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mail message that you left? >> i guess if it's recorded, it sounds like me. that sounds like me a whole lot. >> reporter: in testimony for a lawsuit brought by allen jones, the debt collector said he had been hired by a.c.t. seven months after he left prison, where he said he developed racial attitudes. >> it was kind of hard to shake off six years of prison time. >> reporter: in another case involving another bank of america customer, the same debt collection company hounded jeff birk with similar phone tactics. >> saved message. wednesday. 1:58 p.m. >> yeah, that's what i thought, you're not going to pick up the phone, huh? i have you scared, don't want to pick up the phone now? is it because you're in bed with your sister? your mom, your cousin? huh? or what, little punk? >> reporter: it was a case of mistaken identity. birk said he received calls like that for months until they finally realized they had the wrong person.
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>> the calls came from a blocked number, the individual would not identify himself. i had no way to put an end to the phone calls. >> reporter: both birk and allen jones sued a.c.t. a.c.t.'s chairman says it has since increased oversight and that the calls in question were made by rogue operators in violation of the company's values. >> i work very hard to, you know -- to help build this company with our management team. and it's unthinkable that somebody would call somebody and do that. but obviously there was a personal agenda obviously that this person had. >> it's more than just one person, though. >> there's one other case but i don't think that -- >> the testimony of others suggests, according to the lars for mr. jones, what they call a culture of thugs at your operation in texas. >> i don't know that, you know -- i can't speak to that, you know. >> what would you say to that? >> i would say that's absolutely false. >> reporter: but at trial a jury found both the callers and the company responsible.
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and awarded allen jones more than $1.5 million. >> hopefully this will motivate people around the country to actually do something about it and not just sit up and be subject to abuse from harassing companies. >> reporter: but that message seemed to have fallen on deaf ears at bank of america. even after the verdict, even after we sent the company copies of the obscene phone calls on its behalf, bank of america continued to use the same debt collection agency to handle overdue accounts. >> bank of america didn't really want to provide anyone for abc to speak to. when brian ross went the extra length of trying to find the chairman, a guy by the name of roin moynihan. he said he was basically unaware of the problem. it's hard to hear given how aggressive those calls are. >> just immature and ridiculous and all of that. we'll see what happens. when we return, it's time for "insomniac theater." i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65,
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welcome back. it is time for "insomniac theater." i saw the top grosser "wall street: money never sleeps." which i absolutely loved. you saw a movie that you -- >> did not love, no. really, frankly, it was terrible. i saw "you again." basically, it has big heavy hitter actresses, jamie lee curtis, sigourney weaver, kristen bell. it deals with two people who did not like each other in high school, fast forward a few years and their families end up becoming one as two of the younger people in the families end up marrying. let's watch a clip and i'll talk about it on the other side. >> sadly, my dress was ruined
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and i had to find a replacement on very short notice. quick, somebody call "us weekly," let's find out who wore it best. c'est la vie. >> you liked that clip. >> i think that line is funny. go on. >> maybe you would like it. i tell you what, it was terrible. they had a lot of cameos. it was sort of funny. they had well intentions. "you again," how about never again. i gave it 1 kernel. it was just brutal. it was like a bad skit that went on for about an hour and 15 minutes too long. >> that's what people said about this show from time to time also. on the other hand, i saw "wall street" which you have to go see. it's really good. this is the sequel to that famous 1987 film. it's set in 2008 so it's in the midst of the financial crisis. we are reintroduced to gordon gekko who's been freshly released from jail from securities fraud. he has one daughter and she is dating a successful and hungry trader played by shia labeouf. there are two blots.
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on one side you get an inside look at the collapse of two financial giants. on the other side you see this bizarre relationship between michael douglas and shia labeouf, sort of like mentor/enemy. >> don't worry about money, jake. you like her? >> do i like her? >> yes. >> i've never thought about money. >> oh, she lies there in bed at night with you. looking at you, one eye open. money never sleeps. and she's jealous. you pay close, close attention. you wake up in the morning, she might be gone forever. >> i give it 5 of 5 kernels. i really liked it. some really good one-liners. rotten tomatoes gives it 55% but some really good one-liners. rotten tomatoes gives it 55% but i th some really good one-liners. rotten tomat[vibrates]it 55% but i th g morning, sunshine. wakey, wakey. text me back. [chattering] [vibrates] hey. did you tell your parents about us? let's skip first period together.
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did you get all my texts? is practice over yet? where you at? are you with your friends? that's laaaa-mee. capital "x," lower-case "o," capital "x," lower-case "o," i love you. jk. i hate you. jk. are you ignoring me? we're in a huge fight right now. is it something i did? i can see your lights on. i'm coming over. this isn't a joke. what did you dream about? [overlapping] is it me? i'm lonely. holla back. holla back. let's try something new. nude pics. send me some. text me. rob, what's up? how's it going? how's it going? guys, this is my cousin rob from michigan. whazzup! he's a teenager. totally. hey, what's up? rob: all right. whoa. hey, you wanna slow down? no.
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really? huh. hey! do you know what a beautiful animal is? a horse. a horse. yeah. beautiful mane. unbelievable muscle tone. when it runs, it looks like poetry in motion. it's the most beautiful thing on earth. and sometimes when you feed a horse, its lips will tickle your hand. just, just tickle it just a little bit. it makes me giggle sometimes. i don't know. i guess what i'm trying to say is, if you don't slow down, i'm going to bite into your head like an apple. and thanks, guys, for listening to my horse stories. i could talk about ponies all day long. flight fright. airline passengers ready for the
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worst applaud the crew. >> i'm just really happy to be here. >> the pilot's life-saving actions. then, my three wives. daily life in the home of a polygamist. and, insect invasion. they're not bedbugs. these critters have a smell all their own. it's monday, september 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> so if you're not disgusted enough by bedbugs, then now we have some other bug that smells bad. throw that into the mix, everybody's a little freaked out. >> i guess the upside to a stinky bug is at least you know how to detect it. versus a bedbug where you have to get a dog in there or whatnot. >> i suppose. >> talking all about bugs this monday morning. good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm mike marusarz in for rob
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nelson. we begin with a terrifying end to a delta airlines flight. it left atlanta for white plains airport north of new york city. >> a landing gear problem forced an emergency landing at jfk airport. as linsey davis reports, passengers were taking video during a harrowing landing. >> reporter: inside the cabin, passengers with cell phones captured the announcement you never want to hear from a pilot. >> brace for impact. >> reporter: that was followed by this terrifying command from the flight attendant. >> heads down, stay down! heads down, stay down! >> reporter: as emergency crews arrived on the runway, the control tower gave this warning. >> rescue one, there are 64 souls on board and 3,000 pounds of fuel. >> reporter: the pilot told the control tower -- >> 4951, roger. that better work. >> reporter: as the jet touched down, the right wing scraped the tarmac. sparks flew, clearly visible through the window. but miraculously, no fire. the passengers were surprisingly calm as they were evacuated.
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emergency crews stood at the ready, but weren't necessary. >> i don't know, i'm just really happy to be here. >> reporter: alessandro albero shot some of the cell phone pictures. >> the pilot did a wonderful job. just got to put your life in their hands and hope for the best. >> and they certainly got the best possible outcome. fortunately, no one was hurt. this despite the fact that the plane landed with only two sets of landing gear. it was supposed to have three sets. passengers took a shuttle bus to the final destination, white plains, which is about 40 miles away. linsey davis, abc news, new york. at least part of one wisconsin community is cut off this morning after a levee failed to hold back floodwaters. the wisconsin river's currents were too strong after days of rain. it cut off residents who failed to heed the warnings to evacuate. some who did leave could be out of their homes for at least a week. flooding is expected to get worse today when the river is
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expected to crest. in minnesota, the governor got a firsthand look at the flooding in his state. tim pawlenty says he's going to seek a federal disaster declaration. one minnesota river topped a 28-foot levee, damaging or destroying at least half the homes in a small community. here is a look at your monday forecast. showers in minnesota in the northern part of the state. it is a soaker for much of the east coast and ohio valley. drenching rain from new england to florida. severe wither and flooding from raleigh to atlanta. rain in the pacific northwest. >> 70 in seattle. 80 in portland. and 90 in boise. low 70s in fargo, omaha, and kansas city. 73 here in new york. 75 in atlanta. and 89 in miami. the democrats head into the final weeks before midterm elections on the defensive. they are battling to hold control on jobs and congress. the stakes are so high the party is putting its biggest names on the campaign trail. here's john hendren. >> reporter: president clinton
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is campaigning to protect an endangered species -- incumbent democrats. clinton campaigned yesterday deep on home turf in the once-solid blue states of connecticut and massachusetts. he had to campaign even for 30-year congressman barney frank, once so safe that he trounced his opponent last time 2-1 and three times before that, no republican ran against him. now, he's on the endangered list. >> nobody, but nobody in the house has done more to help build back the american dream than barney frank. you ought to be there for him on election day. >> reporter: democrats are also on the offensive, however, with a war room that uses republicans' personal histories, from tax records to divorce filings, in unusually early and harsh attack ads. those messages are only likely to grow harsher as november nears. >> hannah got rich while his construction company overcharged taxpayers thousands. >> he's a predatory real estate speculator. schweikert snatched up nearly 300 foreclosed homes. >> ganley's been sued 400 times
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for fraud, discrimination and more. >> it means there is no such thing as a safe state for democrats this year. there's no such thing as a dark blue state. there's no such thing as a safe slam dunk election. >> reporter: president obama isn't on the sidelines. next week alone he'll campaign in four states. in another even more popular white house resident is also on the campaign trail. in the coming weeks, first lady michelle obama will hit at least five states. john hendren, abc news, the white house. the fbi says the car used in dramatic south florida bank robbery has now been found. investigators will begin going over the car today. police say three robbers strapped what they said was a bomb to a bank teller's chest. e sb to a bank teller's chest. abc news has learned the bomb turned out to be a fake. a vacation ended in tragedy for a busload of tourists from poland. at least 12 people were killed y crashed into a bridge support on a german highway near berlin.
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dozens of people were also hurt. police say the bus was forced off the highway by a car which was tr mer the group was returning home after a trip to spain. south korean automaker hyundai is recalling some popular new cars. steering wheel defects in its sonata sedans forced the recall. they involve 2011 models built before september 10th. no crashes or injuries have been reported. owners should take their cars to the dealer for inspection or repairs. it was not the usual sunday sermon at one of the nation's largest churches. bishop eddie long took to the pulpit to defend himself against a sex scandal. he promised to fight the allegations but declined to talk abthe f th lawsuits now filed against him. here's t.j. winick. >> reporter: a strident anti-gay pastor and leader of one of the largest african-american churches in the world faced his 25,000-member congregation over accusations he used church funds to seduce young men. >> i have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. but i am not the man that's
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being portrayed on the television. that's not me. >> reporter: in a fourth lawsuit fill the on friday against the pastor, 22-year-old spencer la grande says he was 17 when the preacher first made advances. the young man said he had intimate sexual contact and that they slept in the same bed. >> i've been accused. i'm under attack. >> reporter: lars for the young men say he e-mailed these photos and other messages to teenagers in his youth ministry, but say he chose boys who were above the legal age of consent. the pastor says he will fight the allegations. >> i am not going to try this case in the media. it will be tried in the court of justice. >> reporter: for now, some members of the congregation are supportive. others, not so much. >> bishop long needs to come out and deny these charges and let everybody know that, hey, this is not true. >> 25,000 members that are questioning, wondering, what's
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going on? >> reporter: atlanta-area ministers have come together over the weekend, saying they are praying for bishop long to get through this. t.j. winick, abc news. we've all heard the slogan, buckle up, it's the law. it usually does not apply to your produce. >> a farmer in missouri grew such a big pair of watermelons they had to be strapped into the back of his pickup truck for safe travel. look at those. one melon tipped the scales at 131 pounds, the other, 118. >> the farmer is no stranger to mammoth-sized melons. last year he grew a 119-pounder. now he says he's saving the seeds to keep the good genetics going. those are big melons. >> we were waiting for that. >> good work for him. hey. >> good genetics. we'll be right back with more "world news now." if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night,
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>> reporter: this is cody brown and his wife mary. they have a teenage daughter. >> how was your day? >> reporter: this is cody's second wife, janelle. they have six kids. >> you know, if you're questioning the order of how family came together, she's number two. >> reporter: this is his third wife, christine. they have six more. >> he's lost every morning. >> reporter: the browns are polygamists. >> i just fell in love. then i fell in love again. then i fell in love again. >> reporter: they're the stars of a new show on tlc called "sister wives" which follows this family from utah as they expand from three wives to four. >> my wives and i have been together for 16 years. and all the children have grown up in this environment. bringing somebody new into the family is a totally new thing, totally changing the dynamic. does everybody remember robin? >> yes. >> do you guys like robin? >> yeah. >> robin likes us. i came into it because my faith, my belief, kind of pushed me
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that direction. but in retrospect i would go all the way back saying i'd do it for love. because this is something that's come together out of love. >> aww! >> aw, shucks. >> so sweet. >> reporter: mary, janelle, and christine all live in one big house with their kids. robin, the newest wife, lives in a smaller house nearby. in all, there are 16 kids. >> she's a sister from the same mister, and he's a brother from another mother. >> somebody referred to us as polyg-lets. >> that's how most of us are known is plygs, polygamists. >> reporter: whether you think the browns' lifestyle is right or wrong, it is undeniably challenging. there's the challenge of supporting a huge family on just three incomes. cody and two of the wives work. and then there are the interpersonal logistics.
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cody sleeps in a different wife's bed every night. you must at times feel torn in four different directions. >> once in a while i give a piece of my mind where i'm just like, you have to back off and give me a break. >> he says, i'm not a commodity. >> he says that? >> i have said that. >> it really doesn't happen very often, i have to say. >> he's so patient. >> he's very unselfish. he has to be. i don't remember the last time he sat and watched television. he always has -- he's always attending to the kids or the wives. >> he's running everywhere, he's omnipresent. >> reporter: this is the image many americans have of polygamy. secretive societies, women wearing prairie dresses, young girls allegedly abused and church leaders standing trial. is it your hope that by exposing your lives, that you'll counter some of the negative publicity that's been out there? >> absolutely. that's exactly what we're -- that's one of the biggest things is that we have so many stereotypes, we have so much bad media about this lifestyle.
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there's not abuse in our home. there's not oppressed women in our home. we don't have underaged brides. we don't have all these other things that are very wrong. and our children are happy. >> do you think your arrangement is a good one for raising children? >> very good one. >> absolutely. >> for this family it is. >> yeah. >> we feel like our children are very well balanced. they're proud of their big family. and they love telling their friends about it. and i think that they're turning out very well balanced. >> they'll be very decent citizens. >> do you want your children to live the same lifestyle that you live? >> we want our children to be happy. and whatever it that is they choose to make them happy, that's what we want for them. if they choose this lifestyle, that's awesome and that's great. if they don't choose it, that's great too. >> logan, will you pray, please? >> reporter: one big family with a lifestyle way out of the mainstream, making the case that
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america doesn't have to emulate them, but should at least accept them. >> give me a kiss. i love you. >> reporter: this is dan harris. >> and the name of the show is "sister wives." it airs sundays on tlc. at least they're very honest. they say they do struggle with jealousy, which is something everyone thinks naturally watching that piece. >> at the very least you'll get a glimpse into a world that maybe a lot of people didn't know about before. coming up, time for your "skinny." coming up, time for your "skinny." david beckham i touched the ball before it went out, coach. team! alex. alex, good call. ♪ green, green, green ♪ ♪ it's your home, it's your dream ♪ ♪ radon testing, keep it healthy and clean ♪ ♪ make it green, green, green making it green starts from the ground up. so make sure the air in your home is healthy for your family to breathe.
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>> that's pretty good. of course, "sesame street" in the spotlight this week with katy perry's performance on "sesame street" banned on the on-air version because of some risque clothing katy perry was wearing. katy perry back on "saturday night live" this past weekend, she actually addressed the whole "sesame street" debacle, if you will. she poked fun at her wardrobe. well, just watch, see what happened. >> maureen, what the hell happened to your shirt? >> looks like today's show is brought to you by the number 38 and the letter dd. >> well, i guess i -- i developed over the summer. >> you guess? >> she addressed her lack of dress, basically. >> elmo there and the whole skit. they were going to do on "sesame street" was with elmo. so you could see that she was having fun at her own expense.
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>> yeah. well, if you've been following the situation with david beckham, it has really gotten bad to worse. i mean, it's the least you can say. a second woman is now coming forward and she is saying that she had sexual relations with the soccer superstar in 2007. she's a prostitute. she's telling "in touch" magazine she took part in a threesome with beckham and a former prostitute. she's 26 years old, she says she was paid $10,000. and like i said, that's on the heels of another woman. the beckhams have been -- they're saying we're going to file a lawsuit. he is obviously very irate. take a look at what happened right after he left after losing a game with the galaxy. >> stop with the prostitutes! >> it's kind of hard to make out what he was saying. basically, someone asks him something along the lines of, do
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watch today on abc news. two days of public hearings looking into the oil spill disaster in the gulf begin today in washington, d.c. chief investigators are expected to answer questions about the environmental disaster. the first escape capsule to be used to rescue those trapped chilean miners has arrived. the miners' family members obviously applauded when it was delivered. two more devices which will rescue each trapped miner one by one are expected soon. bob woodward's new book "obama wars" goes on sale at bookstores nationwide today. diane sawyer interviews the author tonight on abc's "world news." finally this half hour, stomping out some smelly bugs. those bedbugs were not enough. now there seems to be a national stink bug epidemic. >> 29 states in all have reported invasions of the bugs. as tahman bradley reports, they don't bite, but they sure do smell. >> reporter: in this year of widespread pest pandemonium -- >> bedbugs. >> bedbugs.
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>> bedbugs are back. >> reporter: you've probably had your eyes fixed on your bed. now it seems you may need to turn your nose towards your air vent. >> something hits me in the back of my neck. i'm just, you know, waving it off. >> reporter: forget bedbugs. in maryland and across the northeast, it's man versus stink bugs. an all-out war. >> they're terrible. they're everywhere. we can't get rid of them. >> reporter: they're brown, foul-smelling creatures popping up in vents, on walls, even in beards. emitting a foul odor when irritated or squashed. and man, it seems, is downright helpless. the good news is they don't sting, they don't bite, and they're pretty easy to catch. parker brewer, a resident of silver spring, maryland, must collect the bugs every day. the deck of his house is under siege. >> i've tried to attack them as best as i can but i'm losing the battle. >> reporter: as fall brings
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cooler temperatures, the bugs have left their orchards and corn fields for our homes. making an already rotten year for bugs, well, really stink. >> we used to use heavy-duty residual pesticides. we don't use as many of those as we once did. this is allowing bugs that used to be suppressed to increase in numbers. >> reporter: his expert opinion how to get rid of the bugs? >> stink is a relative thing. a lot of people say they smell like cilantro. maybe these guys with a little salt isn't a bad idea. >> reporter: a good suggestion. they are harmless. >> that's pretty bad. >> reporter: tahman bradley, abc news, silver spring, maryland. >> i smell something. oh my gosh! >> i hate the graphics. last year, i joined the wounded warrior project to help raise awareness for the men and women who have suffered traumatic injuries in the war on terror. they need our help. through the wounded warrior project, you can help get these heroes back into life's mainstream. log on to woundedwarriorproject.org
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in a sex scandal. >> i've been accused. i'm under attack. >> what the faithful thought of his promise in church. then, key issue. how a jewish settlement building in the west bank this morning could derail mideast peace talks. and, facebook film. insight on the social network from its famous moviemaker. it's monday, september 27th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning and thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for rob nelson. the pastor of an atlanta mega church says he'll fight accusations he lured young men into sex. >> it is bishop eddie long's first public comments since four lawsuits were filed against him last week. steve osunsami has more. >> reporter: outside new birth missionary baptist church -- >> love the bishop! >> he's an innocent man.
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give him the benefit of the doubt. >> reporter: when bishop eddie long finally appeared, he seemed more like a rock star than a pastor accused of pushing sex on to teenage boys. >> i've been accused. i'm under attack. i want you to know, as i said earlier, i am not a perfect man. but this thing, i'm going to fight. >> reporter: under the advice of his lawyers, he said very little. even at the news conference he held after his first service where he took no questions. for some, this was enough. >> i want the world to know i will support bishop eddie long to the day i die and go to heaven. >> reporter: currently there are four lawsuits. and there's the matter of these pictures. attorneys say long sent them to one of the teenage boys. there were mothers and fathers in church who could not turn a
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blind eye. >> he didn't just come out and say, people, i didn't do it. >> you think he might be guilty? >> yes. >> reporter: according to long, homosexuality is a manifestation of the fallen man. his critics say that a lifelong crusade against gays makes him the ultimate hypocrite. in black churches there's always been gay men and women sitting in the pews, even running church offices. but so much of the ministry is bent against them, many worship in silence. >> it pushes them into closeted, secret identities and exist existences. >> reporter: bishop long said that's not him. >> i feel like david against goliath. but i got five rocks and i haven't thrown one yet. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. the hunt continues for three men who pulled off a dramatic bank robbery in south florida. investigators caught a break this weekend when the car used in the heist was found in coral gables. it all began last week when three thieves placed a bomb on the teller's chest and forced him to withdraw large amounts of
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money. sources tell abc news that bomb was a fake. pirates have made the waters off the horn of africa the most dangerous in the world and they have been at it again this morning. a greek-operated cargo ship has been hijacked off somalia just after it came through the gulf of aden. the ship should arrive near the coast of somalia later this morning. the new round of middle east peace talks has entered a crucial phase. the palestinians have threatened to walk out if more jewish settlements are built on the west bank. >> that new construction could begin as early as today. simon mcgreggor-wood is joining us from jerusalem with the latest. good morning, simon. >> reporter: good morning, mike and vinita. that's right, the deadline has come and gone. jewish settlers can technically start building in the west bank again from this morning. on land, don't forget, palestinians want for their new state. despite that, frantic diplomatic efforts to prevent the
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palestinians from abandoning the fragile peace process are continuing. the palestinians say no building freeze, no talks. the israelis say that's an unacceptable precondition. u.s. pressure on prime minister netanyahu to extend the freeze had been intense. >> we believe that the moratorium should be extended. >> reporter: but so is the pressure on palestinian president abbas not to walk away. on saturday, he said israel had a choice between settlements and peace. but says he will now consult with arab leaders before abandoning the talks. in jewish settlements there was little sign of compromise. here a ceremony for a new kindergarten. but the obvious symbolism of this kind of event, there's a real determination here to start building again. and the settlers are capable of exerting real pressure on prime minister netanyahu. and in this settlement, hundreds of settlers doing just that. counting down to the release of 2,000 balloons. the number of new homes ready for construction. new buildings that could herald
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the end of this process. and according to the king of jordan, that would be a disaster. >> if we fail on the 30th, expect another war by the end of the year. >> expect another war by the end of the year? >> and more wars that i foresee in the region over coming years. >> reporter: despite the end of the freeze today, prime minister netanyahu's urging the settlers to show restraint. and palestinian president abbas is saying this morning that he will consult with his arab allies before deciding the fate of the peace process. mike, vinita? >> end of the freeze but i think the bottom line question, are we expecting to see much building in the settlements today? >> reporter: well, that's right, i think it's a question of the scale and the scope of the construction from today onwards. the settlers that we spoke to yesterday say they have 2,000 permits that will allow 2,000 homes ready to start today. they are being urged to show some restraint. i expect over the next few days dozens rather than hundreds of construction starts.
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it remains to be seen whether that is enough to satisfy the palestinians and keep them on board. >> our thanks to simon mcgreggor-wood live this morning in jerusalem. thanks, simon. democrats are on the defensive before the midterm elections. one indication how bad things have gotten. a democratic congressman in north dakota is embracing president bush and his campaign tepor >> reporter: president barack obama played basketball on sunday with his two daughters, sasha and malia. just about every other washington insider played politics instead. former president bill clinton barnstormed for two new england democratic candidates in an election that could hand republicans control of both the. >> their argument is, we dug a $3 trillion hole in eight years, they didn't get us out in 21 months, throw them out, put us back in. >> reporter: republicans hit the tv screens faulting the democrats for pushing not to extend all of the bush tax cuts
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beyond the november elcion >> it will be the most irresponsible thing tha seen since i've been in washington, d.c. -- thady aes.r: democrats counter, are legn t's republicans who by insisting tax breaks for the nation's we >> they're going to have to explain to their constituents >> they're going to have to explain to their constituents why they're holding up tax cuts i think it's an untenable position to say, we're going to allow your taxes to go up on january 1st unless the president agrees to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires. >> reporter: extending tax cuts for those making over $250,000 would cost $700 billion over 10 years. one republican house member says he's found a way to pay for some of the cost. >> reducing discretionary spending back to those 2008 levels. that would be -- that would save $100 billion this year. >> reporter: voters head to the polls in a little over a month. but the battle over taxes is likely to last well past the midterm. tahman bradley, abc news, the white house.
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evacuees escaping wisconsin's floodwaters could be out of their homes for up to a week. a levee along the wisconsin river failed yesterday, cutting off access to a neighborhood. some homeowners there failed to follow a day-long evacuation order. many rivers in wisconsin and minnesota are expected to crest today so the flooding could actually ge now here is a look at your monday weather. more showers in the upper up to 4 inches of rain, gusty winds and hail in the carolinas and geor lahe anati and boston. wetin s heat advisoriesand ire danger in the >> phoenix hits 104. sacramento 97. and boise 90. 72 in omaha. 62 in chicago. and 64 in detroit. 80s from new orleans to miami. 77 in baltimore. 73 in new york. and 62 in boston. well, onlookers say it looked like one-stop shopping for a small army of moms to be. >> everything from nursing bras to baby clothes were up for grabs on the lawn of the
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so-called octomom. nadya suleman hosted a yard sale to save her children, or actually her southern california home, from foreclosure. she's in money trouble. eight devil costumes went for $50. and a fridge she used for baby formula sold for $85. >> suleman posed for pictures with shoppers for $10 a pop. to get the octuplets in the snapshot you had to shell out 100 bucks. unless you think people didn't show up, they had to shut down the garage sale, the street was so packed. >> obviously she needs the money. >> sad turn of affairs. we'll be right back. [ woman ] nine iron, it's almost tee-time...
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since one in three children in england are considered obese, a playground equipmentmaker is now producing playground equipment for heavier children. the company, t.p. activity toys, has started manufacturing and testing new heavy-duty toys. developers want to make sure that see-saws and other equipment can handle the extra weight. now to the latest battle in the war on drugs. it is not being fought in a foreign country but rather in some american cities. >> the epicenter of the fight is actually the medicine cabinet. that's where millions of teens find prescription drugs and get hooked. t.j. winick reports. >> reporter: america's fastest-growing drug problem doesn't involve cartels or drug wars. it's as close as your medicine cabinet. >> kids are having parties nowadays where that's the topic of the party is prescription drugs. >> reporter: outside of seattle, nine teens wound up in the hospital this past week after antidepressants and pain killers were passed around at a school
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bus stop. in philadelphia last summer, an 18-year-old accidentally overdosed on painkillers. >> someone gave him additional pain medication from their own medicine cabinet that tragically ended my son's life. >> reporter: this weekend for the first time the dea made a push to empty out those medicine cabinets, setting up 4,000 drop-off points across the country. >> we'll take all the labels off the bottles -- >> reporter: no questions asked. tell me what you brought down to the station today. >> i think codeine. two things of codeine. >> reporter: laurie told us she had these bottles for nearly 30 years. >> i didn't know what to do with it so i pushed them to the back of the cabinet. >> reporter: another benefit of safely getting rid of the old medication? it makes the water we use in our homes every day safer. but prescription drugs aren't just found in the medicine cabinet. public water supplies can contain trace amounts of everything from birth control to antidepressants if they're disposed of improperly.
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>> the concern is we don't know what these chemicals do to the body over a lifetime of exposure. >> reporter: that's why epa is working with states and companies, like united water new jersey, to learn more about the health effects. researchers want the pharmaceutical industry on board. in fact, at least one drug company still advises their customers on those bottle labels to flush leftover medication down the toilet. where water experts say it eventually winds up back in our drinking water. if there's not a take back program near you, the epa actually suggests that you take your leftover drugs, mix it with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or cat litter, put that in a disposable container, and put that in the trash. tkts j. winick, abc news, new york. >> a
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we know facebook's mark zuckerberg has been making headlines since last week.
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he made a big donation. >> of course this week "the social network," the movie about him, is being released. the movie's maker has made headlines himself. here's bill weir. >> you guys were the inventors of facebook. you invented facebook. >> reporter: in courtroom drama style, "the social network" tells the creation story of facebook from three distinct points of view. mark zuckerberg, the precocious hacker who launched the site from his harvard dorm room. eduardo saverin, mark's early partner. who was forced out of the company and sued his once best friend. and the winklevoss twins. identical big men on campus. >> i'm 6'5", 220, there's two of me. >> reporter: who also sued and settled for tens of millions but still claim publicly zuckerberg stole their idea. >> i've committed to starting the startup education foundation whose first project will be a $100 million challenge grant -- >> $100 million? >> reporter: facebook's
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baby-faced billionaire appeared on oprah. whether the timing is intentional or not, this zuckerberg -- >> every child deserves a good education. >> reporter: is a stark contrast to this one. >> they're being used for chess players. >> are you okay? >> we're ranking girls. >> reporter: in the film he is an awkward machiavelli. it's a sort of morality play perfect for william shakespeare or aaron sorkin. did you know immediately how you would approach the story? >> no. i knew immediately i wanted to do it. though i've never met him or spoken to him. i have a lot of affection and a lot of empathy for mark. i read a review from a blogger the other day saying, the movie made her want to egg mark zuckerberg's house and then help him clean it up. i think a lot of people are going to have that reaction. wouldn't make for a fun or interesting movie. >> reporter: facebook told us,
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they do a wonderful job of telling a good story. of course, the reality probably wouldn't make for a fun or interesting movie. >> it's not written in pencil, mark, it's written in ink -- >> reporter: truth or fiction, there is no debating this film is classic aaron sorkin. >> you want me on that wall. you need me on that wall. >> reporter: from the quotable monologue of "a few good men" -- >> you know what has a large population of hispanics? >> i want to say maine. >> reporter: to the crackling dialogue of "the west wing." verbal knife fights. sharp. quick. devastating. >> this is more important than re-election. i want to speak now. >> thanks very much. >> reporter: in 2000 "the west wing" broke the record for most emmy wins. and then sorkin earned a different kind of record. after his crack pipe set off airport security he was arrested for drug possession and ordered into rehab.
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he now says he's been clean for cade >> there's no such thing as a ity where i don't think ut >> how does it affect your work, being sober? >> it's not insane anymore where i'm turning a 385-page first draft. >> oh, now it makes sense. >> i will tell you that if drugs were the magic that was making me write well, i still wouldn't go back to them. i'd write greeting cards and try to make a living doing that. >> reporter: unlikely. since reviews for "the social network" make it one of the most-anticipated films of the year. with one notable exception. we are a few blocks away from facebook headquarters. do you want to say hi? >> i would love to go say hi but i'm sure they're very busy there. >> reporter: among friendly crowds on campuses like harvard or stanford, it seems like this whole rift with sucker bearing could be healed with a friendly online poke. just one problem. your facebook page is really spare. >> that is a sad and lonely looking facebook page. but there's really nothing there
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except that i'm a male. >> reporter: he has stopped using the site. >> i think that social networking, socializing on the internet, is to socializing what reality tv is to reality. it's -- it feels like a way to reinvent yourself. which is something a lot of people want. when there's a wall post that said, had a girls' night tonight, split five desserts, better hit the gym tomorrow. that's somebody who's trying to be out in the field. >> reporter: bill weir from palo alto, california. >> we told you earlier mark zuckerberg was on "oprah" talking about the donation he just made to a new jersey school district. mark's whole contention is that this is a nice piece of fiction. he says that it has to be dramatic.
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"world news now" delivers
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your "morning papers." >> that's right, folks. it is time for your "morning papers." and you know, whenever one of the anchors of this show takes off, facebook fans write in, where were they? >> yes. rob is not here, obviously i'm here. rob is not here. he's busy. >> he was busy, and the saints have only him to blame for their defeat last night. >> he replaced receiver lance moore. as you can see. number 16, rob nelson, in the game. >> you're about to see some tears. as you know, rob a huge saints fan and they end the charmed run last night. >> they lost. >> we like to blame it on rob. that's where he was and it was his fault. >> even though they missed a gimme field goal, rob's performance was subpar. you'll expect so see him back here tomorrow. i think the saints released him this morning. >> we can make fun of him in person. >> let's go straight to your "morning papers." this first one is really, really
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interesting. apparently chinese language, mandarin, is on the menu for american school kids. this story comes to us from the "wall street journal" basically says 2008, end of the school year, about 50 public and two dozen private schools in new york city had chinese classes. the basis behind all of this, they're basically replacing spanish with mandarin because they say the study of mandarin even at the elementary level is really going to help kids as we continue to globalize in this marketplace. >> they say it's such a difficult language, the earlier you start the more important it becomes to really get that before you start to get olde it's so tcf-l >> it certainly is. they often say that new york -- you know, the rest of the nation is oftentimes five years behind a trend that you see in new york. it should be fascinating to see gu it'lke or we'll see what happens. all right. a texting ban. we all know texting and driving is so dangerous. a texting while driving ban
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going into effect in massachusetts. and the numbers are staggering. last year, 1.6 trillion text messages. 2.3 trillion minutes talking on cell phones and driving 3 trillion miles. the combination there makes it very dangerous. the new law actually will bring a $100 fine for a first offense. and it's even worse if you're under 18. the first offense also brings a 60-day license suspension. and even so, celebrities are getting in on this whole thing too. conan o'brien tweeted yesterday with a bunch of garbled consonants and vowels. you could sort of make out what he said. he said texting while driving looks dangerous. and it is, the numbers show it. celebrities are trying to say, cut it out. >> i guess parents are the key, someth
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